November Wrap Up

Thankfully, I managed to start this reading month off with a bang. The very first weekend in November, I finished one story and picked up 3 more. While this might not seem like the best ratio, it worked out well for me. I enjoy giving myself a mixture of mediums to read from – it helps stop me from getting distracted all the time.

Sure, this whole month wasn’t the best for reading for me. Yet overall I know it was a decent month. I got a bunch of good reads in which means more to me than having a whole bunch of smaller, and worse, books completed. I hope I’m always a quality over quantity gal.

While Yzma is still in that excited puppy stage where she won’t let me sit and read in peace for longer than five minutes, I truly think I managed to get a decent chunk of reading done. Besides, puppy love is a welcome distraction from my reading goals. Especially when you get to play with said puppy in her first snowfall.

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:


For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks.

Total books completed: 12

Total pages read: 4410 (avg. 368 pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 2)[4 stars]
  2. Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, Book 3)[3.75 stars]
  3. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 5)[5 stars]
  4. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 3)[3.75-4 stars]
  5. Elevation by Stephen King [5 stars]
  6. Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross (Network, Book 2)[5 stars]
  7. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling [4 stars]
  8. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 1)[5 stars]
  9. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 2)[3.5 stars]
  10. The Rising by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 3)[4.25 stars]
  11. Lodestar by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 5)[5 stars]
  12. The High Priest’s Daughter by Katie Cross (Network, Book 3)[4.5 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
  2. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder
  4. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  5. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
  6. Elevation by Stephen King
  7. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  8. Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross
  9. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
  10. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  11. The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

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October Wrap Up

While I started off this month by not really reading the books on my TBR, I’m still content with the amount of reading I got done. And, yes, I only managed to complete 60% of my TBR. But in my defense I misplaced Part of Your World so I physically couldn’t read this book. And I started Lodestar, but on October 30th which didn’t give me any time to actually finish the book as I had plans both October 30th and 31st… Still, I’m content with my reading.

Onto the reading I actually got done…

I decided on October 1st that I needed to get back to listening to audiobooks while cleaning my apartment and walking Yzma since I’d gotten pretty much caught up on most of the podcasts I listen to regularly, so I went through my Audible library and picked a titled that I felt like listening to. Well, that started a trend for the month and I’m glad it did. This month has definitely been a better reading month than the last couple of months and for that, I’m glad. I managed a nice mix of physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks this month, making it possible for me to devour a wide selection of books.

 

Total books completed: 13

Total Pages read: 4591 (avg. 353 pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 4)[5 stars]
  2. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, Book 1)[4.25 stars]
  3. A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale (The Legend of All Wolves, Book 2)[3 stars]
  4. Kisses from Hell by Richelle Mead, Alyson Noël, Kristin Cast, Kelley Armstrong, and Francesca Lia Block (Short Stories from Hell, Book 7)[3.5 stars average rating]
  5. Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong (Nadia Stafford, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
  6. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird, Book 1)[5 stars]
  8. Juba Good by Vicki Delany (Ray Robertson, Book 1)[1.5 star]
  9. The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong (Secrets)[3.75 stars]
  10. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, Book 2)[3.5 stars]
  11. Curio by Evangeline Denmark (Curio, Book 1)[1.5 stars]
  12. Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga [4 stars]
  13. Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman [4 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
  2. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
  3. A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale
  4. Kisses from Hell Anthology
  5. Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
  6. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. Juba Good by Vicki Delany
  9. The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
  10. Curio by Evangeline Denmark
  11. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
  12. Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

 

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September Wrap Up

My plan to finish all of the books my friend lent me this month kind of fell through. Partially this was because I spent most (all) of my free time taking care of my puppy, Yzma. And partially this was because I was really sick for two weeks and didn’t have the energy to anything other than go to work, take Yzma for (very short) walks, and sleep. But mostly this was because I really did not enjoy reading A Whole New World and basically had to convince myself to finish the book.

Without getting into the specifics, let’s just say that this book took the story in a direction that I didn’t personally enjoy. I had to make a deal with myself wherein I wasn’t allowed to pick up another book before finishing this one in order to actually get myself to read it. I don’t usually force myself to read books that I don’t enjoy this much, but I read it so that I could talk to my friend about it since she was the one that lent me the book. Otherwise, I don’t think I’d force myself to read a book that took me 4 full months to slog through. Unfortunately, this meant that I wasted almost a full month in order to get through one story that I didn’t even enjoy.

Taking all of that into account, this was not the most productive reading month. I definitely did not stay true to my tbr (Sorry Ash, I’m totally getting your books back to you ASAP). However, not every month is going to be an amazing reading month.

Before I get into the wrap up itself, here’s a picture of Yzma on a “walk” as a thanks for getting through my ramble at the beginning. And yes, she does sit weirdly but it’s comfortable to her.

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Total books completed: 3

Completed Books:

  1. Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (Rockton, Book 4)[5 stars]
  2. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (Twisted Tales, Book 1)[2 stars]
  3. The Last Wolf by Maria Vale (The Legend of All Wolves, Book 1) [3.5 stars]

 

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by the McElroys & Carey Pietsch
  2. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  3. Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong
  4. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
  5. The Last Wolf by Maria Vale

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August Wrap Up

Knowing ahead of time how hectic my month was going to be, I didn’t set a TBR for myself. I knew I’d just be disappointed in my reading for the month if I did, but I know that sometimes it’s okay to skip making goals for yourself. So, in lieu of comparing my monthly goal to my actual accomplishments, I’m just going to share my thoughts on what I did read this month.

As I was out and about so much throughout August, I spent a majority of the month catching up on the podcasts that I’d been neglecting. I find it easier to listen to podcasts while doing something like running errands and driving between cities than I do listening to AudioBooks. Don’t get me wrong, I love listening to a good AudioBook and there’s nothing wrong with listening to one in the car. It’s just that I personally prefer podcasts while driving because it’s not as important to pay attention to the words. I’d much rather pay attention to the road than an AudioBook. If you’re able to split your attention better than I am, kudos to you!

On top of driving around more than usual this month, I spent a full week in the UK and thus took full advantage of my vacation to explore a new country. If you ever have the chance to explore parts of the UK, I can’t recommend enough doing the hike to Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. It’s absolutely stunning up there, even when it’s foggy. Sure, I didn’t finish anything during my week in the UK, but I definitely enjoyed the beautiful scenery. I can catch up on any reading I “missed out on” later, it’s not worth missing out on experiences just to read a good book.

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Total books completed: 3

Completed Books:

  1. Elfin by Quinn Loftis (The Elfin, Book 1)[2.25 stars]
  2. The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by the McElrys and Carey Pietsch (The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels, Book 2)[10 stars]
  3. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson [5 stars]

 

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Everblaze by Shannon Messenger
  2. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wan
  3. Neverseen by Shannon Messenger
  4. The Wicked King by Holly Black
  5. A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
  6. Elfin by Quinn Loftis
  7. Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross
  8. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by the McElroys & Carey Pietsch

 

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June and July Wrap Up

While I didn’t start off June following my TBR too closely, I think I did a decent job of doing what I planned for the month. I believe I managed a good mix between rereads and new reads, reacquainting myself with old beloved characters and discovering new characters – both loved and tolerated. Of course, I went a little off track about midway through June as life got in the way. As well, I found myself in a little bit of a reading slump after finishing a book that pulled out a lot of emotion in me. Emotion I wasn’t prepared to feel but that’s always a sign of a great book.

So, instead of creating a TBR for July, I decided to just read whatever caught my eye. I didn’t do too much reading this month as the sun was too nice to pass up, but I did manage to get over my book hangover and pick some new stuff up.

Total books completed: 13

Total books completed in June: 7

Completed Books:

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (ACOTAR, Book 1)[2.5 stars]
  2. Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 3)[5 stars]
  3. Book Love by Debbie Tung [4 stars]
  4. Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen (Relatively, Book 1)[1.5 stars]
  5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (ACOTAR, Book 2)[4 stars]
  6. Everblaze by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 3)[5 stars]
  7. Neverseen by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 4)[5 stars]

Total books completed in July: 6

Completed Books:

  1. Growl by Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur (Feral Passions, Book 1)[2.5 stars]
  2. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang [4 stars]
  3. Wicked King by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book 2)[5 stars]
  4. A Date With Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt (Bookish Boyfriends, Book 1)[4 stars]
  5. Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross (Network, Book 1)[4 stars]
  6. The Werewolf Wears Prada by Kristin Miller (San Francisco Wolf Pack, Book 1)[4 stars]

 

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong
  2. Book Love by Debbie Tung
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

 

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May Wrap Up

The following books are the books that I read this month, not including those which I read for the Asian Readathon. I will have a separate post about those books so that I can go more in depth in explaining why I chose them for the Readathon.

That being said, I’m proud of the amount of reading I got done this month. I tried harder to stay true to my TBR and I think I found a way to do so… mostly. I ended up bringing The Star-Touched Queen back go the library before reading it as I no longer felt a pull to read it. I know it’s there should I decide to pick it back up in the future.

In regards to following my TBR, from now on I will be placing the books I want to read in a neat stack in my room so I can pull from it when I’m in the mood to read. This way, I’ll be able to have a selection to choose from instead of just one book by my bed that I may or may not want to pick up. By keeping the books separate from the rest of my collection, it’ll make it harder for me to diverge from the list of books as everything I want to read is in one place. As someone who has no problem with reading multiple books at once, this is perfect for me.

The books I finished in May:

Completed Books:

  1. Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (Rockton, Book 4) [5 stars]
  2. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1) [5 stars]
  3. Replica by Jenna Black (Replica, Book 1)[0.5 stars]
  4. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1)[5 stars]
  5. Exile by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 2)[5 stars]
  6. Stolen by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 2)[4 stars]
  7. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio [3.5 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
  2. Replica by Jenna Black
  3. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
  4. Exile by Shannon Messenger
  5. Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
  6. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Dedicated Posts to Come:

  1. Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

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April Wrap Up

I’m starting to think that TBRs aren’t really for me. Once again I completely ignored the books I decided I wanted to read in favour of what I felt like in the moment. Most of this had to do with the fact that I’ve been having problems finishing the book that I’m currently reading and listening to audiobooks was an easy way to convince myself I wasn’t cheating on the story I’ve been struggling to finish. I’m going to attempt one more TBR in May, but if that doesn’t work out for me, I’ll probably stop trying.

As well, I got very sick for half of April and was able to do very little more than lie in bed and try to sleep. When I was awake and functioning, I spent what little energy I had studying for the last set of exams of my undergraduate career. While I did a lot of readings that were school related, I did very little that was purely for pleasure. Now that I’m done with school, I won’t have to worry about this.

Without further ado, here are the books I finished in April:

Completed Books:

  1. The Outcast by Taran Matharu (Summoners, Prequel) [4 stars]
  2. A Sucky Love Story: Overcoming Unhappily Ever After by Brittani Louise Taylor [2.5 stars]
  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book 1) [5 stars]
  4. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book 1.5) [5 stars]

 

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  2. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

 

Dedicated Posts to Come:

1. Kingdom of Ash (I didn’t have time this month to sit down and get all of my thoughts together on top of exams)

2. Throne of Glass Series

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